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: and the annual financial support of: hello, i'm john lithgow. welcome to "american cinema." at the edge of hollywood and beyond, new filmmakers are making some of the most interesting films in america today, films that have made hollywood stand up and watch. these filmmakers work against great od on shoestring budgets. if they succeeed, they can get a chance to make hollywood pictures, like quentin tarantino and "pulp fiction." but going hollywood has its price, one that some ofhese filmmakers won't pay. this program, narrated by frances mcdormand, we will look at some visions from "the edge." aaahh! (big band music playing) independent films are the most important there are in the usa. they're the lifeblood of the industry. they set the new standards and the trends, and they have the wildest ideas and most interesting stories. and they're usually the best of the pictures in the country. you're not mr. purple. some other guy is mr. purple. you're mr. pink. these independent directors have their own vision and they want to create a movie that reflects their vision. that's the most import
-american mathematician john von neumann described the minimax solution in 1928 and effectively established the field of game theory. using functional calculus and topology and chess, von neumann proved it possible to work out the best strategy in zero-sum games that would maximize potential gains or minimize potential losses. von neumann quickly recognized that his ideas could be applied to the game of business, so in 1944, he teamed up with economist oskar morgenstern and wrote theory of games and economic behavior. the book revolutionized the field of economics. at that time, economists focused on how each individual responds to the market and not how individuals interact with each other. von neumann and morgenstern argued that game theory provides a tool to measure how each player's actions influence their rivals. with the minimax solution, there was at last some mathematical way to help figure out the best strategy in a zero-sum game. but the problem remained: is there a best strategy for a non-zero-sum game like the prisoner's dilemma? the complexities of non-zero-sum games were of great intere
basin, scientists first have to understand how it is presently functioning. dr. john martin is a colleague of professor graham's at the universy of florida water institute. his team studieshe healthof t, sampling and testing its water for signs of pollution. because of sandy soils and the soluble limestone-bedrock geology in this part of florida, rivers here run above ground and then flow underground through sinkholes. above ground, water can be sampled directly. but underground, the water fills and moves through the porous rock aquifer. this water can be accessed through a series of wells. the aquifer water here, the water that's contained in the rocks in the very small, microscopic, pore spaces within the rock, is what's utilized for drinking water and, actually, allater, so agriculture-irrigation water, bottling water, any kind of water usage is almost all from ground water. narrator: by carefully measuring the depth of ground water, main's team can calculate how much is being used. 17.29. they also record the water's chemical composition to determine nutrient levels that
welcome to another session of beliefs and believers. i'm dr. john simmons and we've got another great class here on islam- we're going to be asking another world religion to help us understand the doctrinal dimension. but we're having so much fun and we've had such an interesting set of classes that i'd just like throw it out- whatever "it" is- once again to this great audience, and any observations you've had since we last met that bring up some of our key class themes- we're always getting some interesting comments here. yeah, virginia? >> i wasn't going to say anything this week. however- >> why not? >> i've found that- i opened new yorker, and here are political cartoons on our meditation- one thing, it says, "our journey." you know, he says, "have we arrived yet?"- these little children sitting there in meditative poses. and when we were talking about the dome of the rock, there's a spread in the magazine about that. everything seems so current now. >> you begin to see these things once you- it reminds me of my geology class. you know, i took geology to get through my gener
to be well based came up with that. that relates to what we said here, john, because i think it was monday morning that minister farrakhan was on a cbs morning show, and i've warned him to some extent- i won't use that term, "warn"- it's the conversations we had, "be careful of some of these things," because that's a short segment, and when you're as controversial as minister farrakhan is, you're not going to have the chance to explore very much. and the media has this way of dealing with where they're coming from, the point that they want to make- they have to satisfy their advertisers- so they go at you in a particular way. and i was very much disturbed, because they take this phrase that they keep chasing minister farrakhan down on about hitler and the jews, and they took a phrase and says- made a quotation directly from this tape- where he says, "hitler was a great man," and cut it right there. but what he said after that made all the difference in the world! i mean ,the context out of which he was coming made all the difference in the world in terms of what he was trying to say! so wh
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